Flexible working in the future???

https://youtu.be/tfjpWIWZiFo Below are three links you need! Our panel discussion on Flexible Working which took place in July 2021. A link to the Government proposals A link to the consultation document Do not be upset withthe legislation you get if you don’t take the opportunity to have your say now! The closing date for consultation […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Loan Elephants – Bereavement

There are three things which are certain in life: birth, death and taxes. Everyone’s experience of bereavement is different, and you can’t assume that because you reacted in a certain way, that others will do the same. Unlike some of our other ‘elephants in the room’, as an employer, the chances are you are doing […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Protected Characteristics – Age

While it is not unlawful for a potential or current employer to ask you your age, it is unlawful for them to make decisions based on your age. On this basis, many hiring employers don’t ask about age because they don’t want to run the risk of an age discrimination from someone before they even […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Protected Characteristics – Race

I often ask myself how, in 2021 is Race still an ‘Elephant in the Room’ in the workplace. The Race Relations Act first came into force in 1965 and outlawed discrimination on the “grounds of colour, race, or ethnic or national origins” in public places. It was then updated in 1976 and 2000 and replaced […]

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Convictions

Can we refuse to employ someone based on their previous unspent convictions? While with certain exceptions, it is unlawful under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 to refuse to employ a “rehabilitated” person on the ground of a spent conviction, the same does not apply to unspent convictions so you are able to refuse to employ someone […]

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Mediocre Staff…

As a business owner do you ever think about how good your team are? Would you consider them to be : Excellent at what they do. An asset to your business. Consistently meeting or exceeding goals and targets. Providing excellent customer service. Good timekeepers – always on time for work or meetings. Great team players. […]

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Walking The Plank

There may well come a time in your business life when you REALLY need a member of staff to walk the plank (leave). There are many reasons why this may be the case, but you must be aware of the ‘legal’ reasons for dismissal which are limited to: capability, behaviour, redundancy or some other substantial […]

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Equal Pay

Avoiding Pay Differences The Equal Pay Act came into effect in 1970. It prohibits less favourable treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions. What does this mean? What it doesn’t mean is that men and women have to be paid exactly the same exact amounts of money. But, if you’ve got […]

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It appears you can have your cake AND eat it

So this is a very quick video to tell you that today, finally, the Supreme Court have ruled on the case of Gary Smith versus Pimlico Plumbers and Charlie Mullins. Charlie Mullins famously said that his workers, the people that work for him, the plumbers, “couldn’t have their cake and eat it”. But it appears […]

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